Holiday goers Ethan Spiller (played by Will Sharpe) and Cameron Sullivan (Theo James) could be in hot water after a wild night of partying at Sciliy’s luxury White Lotus resort. For the second season of Mike White’s gripping HBO drama, the cast got up close and personal to help build on the friends’ intimate yet imbalanced dynamic.
Main cast member Will revealed his co-star Theo became rather physical during their time filming The White Lotus.
In the second season, a brand new cast of wealthy vacationers is enjoying some downtime in Sicily which will ultimately end in another shocking murder.
This time, multiple deaths were confirmed at the start of the season, but it’s anyone’s guess who will end up sleeping with the fishes by the end of the six episodes.
For now, tensions are running high between Ethan, Cameron and their wives Harper (Aubrey Plaza) and Daphne (Meghann Fahy) after their first night of separation led to some unexpected results.
“As the series goes on, you get a sense of how there’s only one person who can truly hurt Ethan,” Will teased.
“He’s able to suffer quite a lot, but there are certain things that he will ultimately have to fight for.
“Whether you like him for that or not, or how exactly he does it remains to be seen.”
During their stay on the Italian coast, Cameron has engaged in constant games of one-upmanship over both Ethan and his wife Harper.
He frequently jostles his college friend and often kisses Ethan on the cheek, a detail which Will revealed was added by Theo himself.
Will recalled: “He loved doing that. I think it’s his way of being playful and sexually voracious and showing who’s boss in this weird way.
“It’s like a micro powerplay. But yeah, I noticed that too and would just react to it as I thought Ethan would.”
When asked if Theo’s kisses weren’t in the script, he confirmed: “Yeah, those party scenes were actually very loosely scripted.”
“It was really improvisatory and they would cut it in the edit and use the most helpful bits.”
In episode three, Bull Elephants, Cameron invites sex worker Lucia (Simona Tabasco) and her friend Mia (Beatrice Grannò) up to the hotel for a night of drugs and drinking.
While Cameron cheats on Daphne by sleeping with Lucia, Ethan turns down Mia’s advances.
However, he could still be in deep trouble with Harper after she finds one of Cameron’s empty condom wrappers in their room the morning after.
“Ethan thinks he’s never felt the need to fight for any status,” Will told Variety.
“But on some level, there is definitely a resentment toward the way Cameron treats him. There is a power struggle.
“Financially, Ethan is now wealthier than him, but I don’t think it’s as simple as that. There’s a quiet contest going on.
“But I think it’s as much about Ethan trying to work out who he is than it is about the relationship between him and Cameron.”
With just two episodes of the season to go, could Cameron’s mind games end with a messy breakup for Ethan and Harper? And who amongst the new crop of wealthy guests will end up floating in the Mediterranean Sea?